DescriptionIn the Museum’s collection is a gold snake bracelet from the Macedonian and Ptolemaic period (332–30 B.C.). Its sinuous body, patterned with delicate scales, terminates in a finely wrought snake head. We have adapted the original snake bracelet to create this dramatic necklace.
24K gold overlay. Lobster claw closure. Adjusts from 18'' to 20''L with extender chain.
- 24K gold overlay
- Lobster claw closure
- Adjusts from 18'' to 20''L with extender chain
Art HistoryAfter Egypt came under the rule of the Hellenistic Greeks (323–27 B.C.) and later became a province of the Roman Empire (after 27 B.C.), the snake became a fashionable jewelry motif. Two main types of serpent jewelry are represented in the Ptolemaic and Roman periods: one suggesting a realistic snake, with a head and a tail, and a second type with two snake heads. The snake had positive associations, particularly with Asclepius, a benevolent god of medicine and healing.